Looking for a great trail in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge ranging from 1.3 to 4.4 miles and from 232 to 249 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of more than 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is administered by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Great Swamp is here to conserve its natural resources for the America public while protecting threatened and endangered species for future generations. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world. The Great Swamp NWR is located in Morris County, New Jersey, about 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square. The refuge was established by an act of Congress on November 3, 1960. Today the refuge consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats, and the refuge has become an important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants can be found on the refuge. In 1966, the National Park Service designated Great Swamp NWR a registered National Natural Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of 1935. The refuge was chosen for the registry as an

Mosquitoes are deet resistant. I gave blood and left quickly

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bugs
muddy
over grown
13 days ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
20 days ago

we turned around after 1/2 mile. very muddy

Muddy, wet, quiet. FUN!! Trails marked well and you feel part of the place. It’s not a walk in the park. Great day!

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bugs
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1 month ago

Hiked this trail in mid June after a rainy week and almost the entire trail was extremely muddy. Trail overall was average at best and not very fun to hike.

swampy, mosquito invested. well blazed. map available at sign.

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muddy
over grown
2 months ago

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4 months ago

Perfect for kids & even stroller friendly if you choose. Volunteers were out with a table to show kids different animal skulls & skins.

Easy nature trail with good views of the swamp. Good all times of year.

muddy
over grown
6 months ago

A good short explore. Trail features many boardwalks and we'll marked paths. There is a duck pond and a Laurel grove. Should be excellent in the spring with the blooms and frogs.

We took the Orange trail. It was very muddy and it hadn't rained in quite some time which leads me to believe it may always be in that condition. It was however the perfect weather for a hike and as you can see from the pics there was some really nice scenery. Not a whole lot of wildlife but we did see a group of about 10 bluejays.

Nice nature trail. No biking or pets.

An OK trail; not many photo opportunities. Some parts of the trail are clearly marked, while other parts are not. Also, some parts of the trail are overgrown, requiring long pants. Trekking poles are also a necessity given some muddy patches here and there.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

8/16/2018 Orange trail completely flooded out today. At least a foot of water over the trail as far as you can see starting just past the trail head. I’ve never been here before but looks like it would be nice if it wasn’t flooded.

over grown and wet muddy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It is a trail as much as a deer path. Overgrown, which is consistent with Light traffic rating. Lots of birds and insects. Dip yourself in DEET if going during buggy months. My new nickname is ‘lumpy’.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Took my mobility scooter out here today - perfect.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Went after several days of freezing good thing lots of ice to walk on otherwise it would be muddy. Today weather’s was high 20’s

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Perfect for a nice scenic stroll on a hot day.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

This was a Wheelchair friendly trail. Will definitely go again when the remaining snow n ice melt..

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Friday, November 18, 2016

delightful walk on well marked trails.

on Bird-Blinds Loop

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Monday, February 08, 2016

This trail is a great way to experience the swamp from the comfort of elevated wooden pathways. This section leads you to 2 of the 3 bird-blinds in the area, the third is pass the bridge and there is no wooden/paved path for wheelchairs but is easy to access nonetheless. When the feeders are full one can enjoy a nice variety of birds very close to the blinds. Aside from that, each pathway hides a treasure of wildlife, from mammals, reptiles to birds and Plants. Due to the fenced pathways and flat terrain, this is a great place to introduce kids to the swamp, just bring protection for the insects during the summer months.

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

The path overall was decent only one man wide with brush overhanging along with the occasional tree you need to walk around. Can get some nice views of swampy land. WARNING This path is not maintained often and at times it can become difficult to pick the right path due to sparse blazes.

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